Day: August 5, 2009

The 2009/10 Preview: League Two (Division Four, In Old Money)

It’s time for the next of our gargantuan pre-season previews we’re off to League Two, where the Bovril is likely to be scalding hot and the pies may still be frozen in the middle. Perhaps surprisingly, everybody that finished last season starts this time around, and no-one (at the time of writing) has been deducted any points yet, either. Rob Freeman has been kind enough to run his eye over the runners and riders, and these are his conclusions. 1. Rotherham United: In: Jamie Annerson, Nicky Law (both Sheffield United), Kevin Ellison (Chester City), Andy Liddell (Oldham Athletic), Tom Pope (Crewe Alexandra), Paul Warne (Yeovil Town) Out: Mark Burchill (Kilmarnock), Jamie Clarke (Lincoln City), Marc Newsham (Boston United), Reuben Reid (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Rhodes (Oxford United), Jamie Yates (Kettering Town), Tom Cahill, Peter Holmes, Mark Hudson, Andy Todd (released) What a difference twelve months makes, as Rotherham go from starting the season seventeen points adrift, to being second favourites. The main concern of the fans is to get through the season without off-field sanctions, having surrendered a total of 47 points to financial difficulties over the last three terms. Hopefully, the spending under the new regime is sustainable, and signings such as Pope (for a club record £150,000) are a statement of intent to the rest of the division. Overall the new faces are a good mix of...

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The 2009/10 Season Preview: The Scottish League Divisions Two & Three

Last night, we brought you the first part of Gavin Saxton’s extensive preview of the 2009/10 Scottish football season. This morning comes the second part of his round-up, focusing on the Second and Third Divisions of the Scottish Football League. Updated (6th August) – to take account of the changes in divisional status following Livingston’s relegation from the first to the third division. Division Two So, I had this one wrapped, Airdrie were going to win it by a street and below that it was a very tight division that was very difficult to call. Accordingly, in Airdrie’s absence, it’s become a very open league with no obvious favourites – I’ve just shifted everyone up a place and put Cowdenbeath in at the bottom, but I’m by no means convinced of Brechin’s title credentials. 1. Brechin City – I’ve kept Brechin in as the best of the rest if only because they were at times the best footballing side in the division last season. But the mid-season loss of manager Michael O’Neill followed by key striker Gary Twigg (both to Shamrock Rovers) set them back, and with the loss of another couple of decent players in John Ward and Darren Smith there are fears they could be losing their edge and settling back into mediocrity under Jim Duffy. Fears which the signing of perennial waster Ian Harty will do nothing...

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